For the past few years, crossing the school year finish line has felt like a monumental accomplishment. Whether you’ve homeschooled or taken a more standard route, completion is truly worth celebrating.
Here are six simple ways to mark the occasion with your family.
Pull out all the stops for a special last-day breakfast. Whether that means bacon and eggs, french toast, pancakes with sprinkles, or whatever would thrill your particular crew—a celebratory first meal sets the tone for a special day ahead. Hint: a little prep work the night before can make this doable even on the tightest morning schedules.
Choose a focal point in your home to lay out a few surprises for your children to awaken to. In our house, we decorate the dining room table for special occasions, for example. Couple personalized notes celebrating their hard work and accomplishments with simple gifts such as new books to read over the summer, a new beach towel or pair of sunglasses, a sweet stuffed animal, or fresh art supplies. Waking up to a surprise is a delight that makes the whole day feel special.
Our photos don’t get the appreciation they deserve hiding behind our digital devices. Allow appreciation for the special moments through the school year by actually having select photos printed. Whether you simply enjoy a small stack or go all out creating a photo book to commemorate the year (an especially meaningful gesture for homeschoolers), looking back at the year is a valuable exercise. Acknowledge all that your kids have learned, experienced, accomplished, and created.
Out to Dinner
Always a classic, gather the family and go out to dinner to celebrate a job well done. Perhaps the kids get to choose the restaurant, or perhaps your family has a favorite place you love to go to for just such an occasion. Make the most of this precious family time by leaving digital devices tucked away (or better yet, at home) and be present for this fleeting moment of childhood.
Hit the Road
My personal favorite—kick off summer break with a family getaway. Whether camping out, visiting a national park or historic site, exploring another country, or lounging on a sunny beach—traveling together as a family is a wonderful way to celebrate the successful conclusion of the school year.
When in Doubt—Ice Cream
Perhaps the simplest—and most delicious—way to mark the last day of school is with ice cream. Head out as a family to your favorite creamery to celebrate diligent efforts and the onset of glorious summer.